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  1. 25 points
    My dad was unfortunately one of the residents who passed away at Abbotswood. It's very easy, after the fact, to focus on apportioning blame, to advise (from afar) on what ‘should have been’ – and assume that many of the people and organizations involved are incompetent. From our family’s perspective, in the early stages of the crisis, the staff (and management) at the time tried really hard to protect the residents – stopping all visits, sleeping on-site in two shifts to minimize passage in and out of the building and so on. In hindsight, this wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy – but the world was only just coming to terms with the sheer scale of the issue and understanding what steps and measures would be required. It is much easier to look back and criticise than to look forward and predict how things would unfold. The staff and management are clearly devastated with what has happened – and I believe that much of the criticism is undeserved. The care sector worldwide is struggling to manage the issue – and if Abbotswood ends up being the limit of the care home tragedy on the Island, it will have been a narrow escape for the others. I hope that this is the case. Also, the nature of the residents conditions and behaviour – and I include my dad in this - doesn’t make it easy. Many simply don’t understand what is going on, are difficult or impossible to persuade to follow advise or instructions – and are unpredictable and sometimes unruly. Given how difficult and disturbing this in the best of times, I don’t underestimate how much more difficult it must be in a crisis. In the case of our family at least, we don’t blame the management, staff or the government for dad’s passing. Their response wasn’t perfect – but it’s a global tragedy and fate pays a part too. Micky
  2. 24 points
    Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with 1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes; • 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use • 4 Multipurpose Patient Monitors for use on wards or Intensive Care. • 5 Suction Units • 8 Adult Advanced Life Support Bags • 3 Paediatric Advanced Life Support Bags • 130 Immediate care cases (prepacked with lifesaving medical equipment) • 130 Scoop Stretchers • All extra medical equipment currently held in stock 2. We have made available our three frontline ambulances should they be required. These assets have a total value of £750,000 3. The unpaid volunteers of the Hogg Motorsport Association are currently on standby to assist the Isle of Man Ambulance Service in any way they can We remain committed to supporting the Health Service and the Manx community while the Covid-19 Pandemic continues in any way we can. We wish to thank everyone who has donated to the Rob Vine Fund which makes this gesture possible. The Directors of the Rob Vine Fund.
  3. 19 points
    At midnight on the 28th May, I Ieave the Isle of Man Constabulary a bit ahead of the intended schedule on a medical discharge, and will have to make my own way in the world again. I'm fortunate enough in that my overall health is good, but hip issues have finally diminished my operational deployability to the stage that I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in that regard. I'm of a rank where that ability to run about and fight with the odd ne'er do well is still a occupational requirement, so its time to stand down and let others do that on our behalf. Its obviously a time of mixed emotions; the police has been a big part of my life and I leave in the most interesting of times. The world, and 'The Job' are changing at an incredible pace, and I think it will take a while to come to terms with not being a part of it all. But, there is a whole world out there, and other than a bit of surgery to navigate in due course, the future is bright and exciting. And I will dearly miss being an 'official' commentator on these hallowed forums. Its hotter than Hades some days, but I've enjoyed the banter (most of it) the challenge (all of it) and the fact that behind all the thud and bluster, there are people on here that genuinely do give a monkeys about what happens on our Island. I may or may not pop back up on here in my own name, but if not, be excellent to each other. Derek
  4. 18 points
    There's a lot of difficult concepts and difficult decisions being made here. I'll have a go at a further explanation. Possible long post ahead. First the difference between 'public health' and what is generally known to be a medical consultation. During this pandemic so far I've been involved in a fair bit of the former - modelling the numbers, trying to predict how many patients we'll have to look after, what to do if we get overwhelmed - how, for example, you decide on who gets the last ventilator if more than one person needs it - predicting how much oxygen we'll need... For this function I'm not thinking about individual patients - it's all numbers. Sorry if that sounds dispassionate, but it has to be otherwise you'd go mad! We have about 5.2% of our population over 80, that's 4000 odd people. I'm estimating how many of them might be frail, and what the fatality rate will be if they catch covid. Numbers, numbers, numbers. No people. In my regular day job I frequently see patients over 80 - in that case they're individuals and I'll try to do my best for them, as if they were my mother or father. But in the public health function it's all about maximising the health of the whole population, even though you know some will get ill and some will die. Which is why we talk, perhaps insensitively, about blips, and clusters, and outbreaks etc. I realise that all these 'cases' are somebody's mother/father/brother/sister but it doesn't help to dwell on that when doing the numbers. Covid is not the only threat to health. It may be the most prominent one at the moment, but there's so much happening that doesn't make the news much that when trying to balance the overall health of the population you have to take into consideration. On Radio 4 today there was a top UK cancer doctor saying how more people would be dying of cancer later on than will die of covid. Many of the people dying of covid would be dead within a year or so anyway. Once again, sorry to be blunt, and I know they're all important to their families etc, but so are the patients not getting proper treatment for their cancer because of all the covid preparations, or suffering with their arthritis because they can't have their hips replaced, or going blind because their cataracts can't be extracted... Then there's the economics. Nobody likes to think that money is put before lives, but that's an emotional reaction, and emotions are best kept out of public policy decisions - it invariably leads to bad ones. The fact is that if the economy tanks, with mass unemployment, nobody spending, nobody paying tax etc then we won't be able to afford a health service, or anything else.That will obviously have health consequences in the future and result in worse outcomes for individuals. There are of course other aspects - society, domestic violence, mental health, suicides... All of these things have to be considered when making decisions as to how to manage this pandemic to minimise the overall harm to the population. All the indications are that spread of coronavirus in the wider community here has slowed considerably and almost stopped. Nobody wanted an outbreak in a Nursing Home, and when that happens given the demographic that lives there it's inevitable that there will be multiple deaths. But that doesn't mean you should continue the full lockdown based on the emotional reaction to that very (for many families) sad and distressing situation. For the greater long-term good we have to get things going ASAP, while ensuring, by continuing the testing, tracing and isolation, that the spread remains minimal and manageable for the health service, and we never have to invoke the policy on ethical allocation of limited ITU resources that we were discussing the other day. This island is doing pretty well here. There will inevitably be mistakes made at press conferences, there will inevitably be measures brought in which haven't necessarily been fully thought through because we simply don't have the luxury of a 3 month consultation period and multiple Tynwald debates on every single thing that is decided. Everyone is doing their best, no-one is making decisions lightly, and we're using the best multi-source evidence we can get. I'm not sure what else we could be doing.
  5. 18 points
    @Lost Login - (and anyone else who thinks this doesn't apply to them particularly) I seem to recall you're an accountant so you can do this. Set up your own model of exponential growth in numbers of patients infected with the virus starting from 1 last Thursday, using a daily growth rate of 29% (figure from UK growth in positives over the last few weeks). Probably 80% will get it as we have little if any native immunity. As many as 50-75% may be totally asymptomatic. Of the cases that get it, it varies with age, but broadly speaking about 20% need hospital care and of those 25% intensive care. Let us know your conclusions. The only thing we can affect, until we have a vaccine to reduce that 80% figure, is to reduce the 29% - the transmission rate. The key ways to do this are: Wash your hands, properly, and often STAY AT HOME - unless you absolutely have to go out MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE - 2m, no 'popping round to a friend's' etc If you have to SELF ISOLATE - DO IT PROPERLY - Don't leave the house at all. If we all do that, we have a chance, as a society, to get through this. It's not too late. For all the government bashing we generally get on here they have listened, and are doing the right thing. In my estimation we're a couple of weeks ahead of the UK in terms of the measures we've taken. I'm very concerned for our adjacent isle - we're going to see reports from there similar to those from Italy within a couple of weeks or so. WE HAVE A CHANCE OF AVOIDING THAT HERE IF WE ALL PLAY OUR PART. If it isn't essential, don't go there. Your 5-a-side games should be cancelled, I'd suggest.
  6. 18 points
    As it is being restored by volunteers and donations I think it's entirely up to people whether they choose to support it or not As you say there is a risk that it will not be a success. If you do not believe in the goal then I think you are right to not support it, why should you? I, however, want to give it a chance to succeed and do believe that it is a historical asset to the town. So I do support it. Simple.
  7. 17 points
    My father was one as well. I agree entirely with your sentiments.
  8. 17 points
    Guys... i.e. Jack and Notty - I have neither of you on ignore, but I do find this 'you're embarrassing yourself', 'you're drunk and have probably shat yourself', 'you're hboy's sock', 'everyone ignores you' mindless repartee to be a bit tiresome. Can't you both just grow up a bit? Make your points, which on both sides are often reasonable, and if another storms in with shitty ad hominem attacks just don't respond. The forum would be a better place if you did.
  9. 16 points
    Reading through the reports and listening to what was said; what seems to come though it all is the sheer arrogance of all concerned. It just exemplifies to me all that is completely wrong with the IOM and what will continue stop a proper diversified and big tax paying free market private sector developing. They are putting on an event that WE pay for through our taxes. The event relies on a huge number of people and groups who provide their time for free (from marshalls to boy scouts doing the scores), it also relies on normal residents putting up people in their own homes year after year, and without those people the event could not possibly happen. Yet clearly those (exemplified by Husseys comments) who are paid as part of this whole exercise of setting fire to millions of pounds of our money, clearly believe that it's the right for government and Departments like the DED to capitalize on the event exclusively for the benefit of itself and the people within IOMG. It's easy to imagine this fuck up is going to cost US another few mill by the time Vision Nine have been bought off as part of this mess as well. These people have fed off government salaries for almost all of their careers. Most have never taken a commercial risk in their entire lives. They probably have no idea what it's like to put your own money on the line to back an idea or an initiative and if you fuck it up its your house on the line, and your family impacted, and your car repossessed. They can play at being entrepreneurs and at being business men with our money and they don't even have to be any fucking good at it as there is no moral hazard whatsoever. If they fuck up we still pay and they lose nothing. Nobody is going to be the next Bernie Ecclestone if they're living on a £60k a year guaranteed salary, and a gold plated pension, and they'll still get it whether they lose millions or not. If they fuck up WE pay for it and their lives are not adversely impacted in any way at all. Yet they're telling many people who might have been out there and taken risks and experienced a whole variety of good and bad business decisions to create wealth that they know best. It's crazy. Anyone with any commercial experience would likely have told them that this was a shit idea 4 years ago. Now we will probably end up compensating Vision Nine after all this evidence has been heard; as there's a high chance that this has been a badly executed shit idea from a bunch of clueless civil servants from the start. But they will still continue getting paid very nice salaries until they retire. And then get very nice pensions for life. It's only the taxpayer assuming the risk for some apparently not very successful or competent people on secure salaries and benefits playing at being Bernie Ecclestone. .
  10. 15 points
    Did I tell you about a time when Bill saved the day? A load of us, including Bill, were on the red-eye patient transfer to various specialists in Liverpool hospitals, more than half of us including Mrs Q were having procedures. It's a long day doing this, tiring, we all just wanted to get home. When we were collected, and returned to John Lennon, after standing around for ages, Flybe, without warning, cancelled the flight! We were dumbfounded and immediately some of us began ringing the Steam Packet to see about catching the ferry. This resulted in either an unanswered call or engaged tone, for what seemed like forever. Some people were panicking, one woman had had a painful eye procedure. The situation was tense. A mother whose daughter had received treatment declared she had no money and as most of us, totally unprepared for this eventuality. Suddenly Bill got through on the phone and proceeded to take our names and book all of us on the ferry and paid for the whole bally lot of us, using his personal credit card. The relief in our little group was palpable. Bill once again dipped in his pocket to buy refreshments on the ferry for the skint and exhausted mother and daughter. He didn't have to do any of this. Granted, he was able to claim the expenses back, eventually, but the point is, he was decent enough to step up to the mark when needed. Changed my opinion of him there and then. He was suffering himself too, that day. It might've been the day he'd received some bad news. Anyway, cheers Billy...
  11. 14 points
    Jesus h christ alfuckingmighty mary mother of the holy ghost Mohammed and Joseph. I leave you fucking IMBECILES in charge of the place whilst I embark upon a spot of well earned gardening leave ( full pay minus new subscriber bonus). Decided to make use of my time by going on a bit of a world tour, get away from the pressures of always being forced to come up with solutions for other people's problems. Started in china, followed the silk road, couple of cruises then the big apple, finishing off with a tour of Europe's cities of culture. Arrived back early last week to find the place in total lockdown. Not that I'm complaining about the lockdown, should at least give me the chance to shift this persistent cough I been carrying round for 4 or 5 weeks now. Absolute fucking imbeciles the lot of you. I'm home now, I'll sort it. As usual. Jesus fucking christ almighty
  12. 14 points
    It's not almost impossible to police at all. Take a walk out, how many people do you see flouting the restrictions really? Christ, to read on here you'd think it was armageddon out there. Whenever I've been out for a walk everyone walks a safe distance away, nods politely and goes on there way. Even queuing for the supermarket it's perfectly civilised and orderly. People need to appreciate virtually the whole island is off work at the minute and they all need fresh air at some point, there is a whole island to go for a walk and get some exercise so let people use it, let's not get all Stasi about it.
  13. 14 points
    That the Honourable Members should be locked in the building and not permitted to emerge until they have produced a credible Programme For Government which sets out the roadmap, actions and timetable for balancing the budget, together with audited financial projections. Once they've done that, they can go back to deciding where the Lord Bishop sits and all the rest.
  14. 13 points
    PM me their details, I’ll report them. I don’t care who they are or how much they have in the bank.
  15. 13 points
    With all this lock-down bollocks in the UK my friend is cooped up at home and has had to start talking to his wife. He’s just found out that she was made redundant by Woolworths.
  16. 13 points
    A bloke spent a lot of his own money at Jurby and has had some tremendous stuff up there, like the Joey Dunlop exhibition, and the wall of bikes. why do we have to spaff taxpayers money on this?
  17. 13 points
    This morning I received the results from the genetic sequencing bone marrow tests performed in mid October, and the blood samples taken at Nobles last week. No Leukaemia mutation detectable and all bloods within normal range. Only 09.15 and that made me smile today.
  18. 13 points
    In so far as that means anything I would translate it as "Required: champion bullshitter to try to convince e-gaming and other industries on the Island that the DfE knows what it is doing and is doing something to help them. You will have no power to actually change anything, so we are paying you a lot of money to act as a buffer between the DfE hierarchy and the real world. There's not much you can do in a year and I wonder if this is designed as a nice little earner for a mate at a loose end.
  19. 13 points
    What next? A minister getting pissed and throwing up on a bus just after warning the public not to get too pissed? Nah that would be ridiculous.
  20. 13 points
    It's a lot easier to produce pages of pretentious waffle than to produce efficient public services - like transport.....
  21. 12 points
    I can see the English building the tunnel to the Island. The Irish building the tunnel to there. Then road between the two being closed for a motorcycle race.
  22. 12 points
    When anonymity was introduced for victims of sexual assault or rape in the IoM, 30+ years ago we also introduced anonymity for the person charged unless and until they were found guilty. I can’t remember why it was changed back. Legally I think anonymity, ie not being named until convicted should be a right of all defendants. With modern media they are pilloried by the digital equivalent of the lynch mob. Its common in other countries, such as Germany. No reporting or identifying until end of trial. It isn’t an attack on freedom of speech, it’s protecting someone who is still innocent. As for similar fact evidence, people with the same experience coming forward, I’m not convinced whether it outweighs false memory syndrome. Very difficult balance?
  23. 12 points
    Locked. Suspensions to all the idiots who descended into personal mudslinging last night. Grow up.
  24. 12 points
    Well thanks for that. However, I disagree that I don’t have a perspective. I actually think the dismantling of the north western rail lines in the 70’s was a strategic mistake. I also think the Island has some incredible heritage, scenery and locations. There are some early signs of some real new impetus in focus on both the enjoyment of locals, and the benefit of tourists. However; We are dealing with the here and now. The Island is in a dire mess, across all sectors, and in respect of the horse trams, the time had come to draw a line. DBC actually demonstrated more strategic perspective than IOMG in this case. There are limits to the amount of money that can be literally pissed down the drain, and as we are using the health service in our conversation, 300k equates to around four GP’s or ten nurses. and where did the suggestion that I knew anything about the health service come from? I only worked alongside practitioners daily, and closely for twenty years, and do so daily now. And as for wider Manx life, working in the public sector, seeing first hand how departments ‘work’ and paying my taxes as a resident. Yes, I suppose you are right - clueless! and as for the boat in the morning quip - probably the biggest indictment of what remains wrong with the place. I only offer opinion. I’d be enlightened to hear an expansion of yours some time. Im sure we all would.
  25. 12 points
    Few points to make on this topic. As all are aware I am a Noble’s consultant, but I’m not in the top 10 this thread refers to. Firstly, the consultant pay scale here is the same as the UK, broadly, except we have additional automatic progression through 20 points whereas in the UK the higher points have to be applied for based on other roles, the so called merit award system. This automatic progression is used as a selling point to attract applicants here, and in my view it’s not a bad thing. In the UK the people who get the awards are usually the ones who are never at the hospital because they’re on national committees etc. Here at least we’re paid for loyalty/longevity of tenure. The second point is job planning. Each consultant has a job plan which details how many sessions per week they work. The basic is 10 for full time, notionally 40 hours per week including some hours for continuing professional development. Most consultants here work more than 10, because we generally have fewer consultants than the colleges recommend. In my specialty, based on our population we should have 5 or 6 consultants. There are 4 of us. Paying 4 people to do the work of 5 or 6 makes sense for the employer as there are reduced superannuation contributions and in the future fewer pensions to pay. And pensions are based on the basic 10 sessions. This is one reason our salaries are higher than the UK where generally NHS trusts have pared things to the bone with everyone on 10. We’re also not comparing like with like. In the NHS consultants will do extra NHS work in the private sector, using the ‘choose and book’ facility the GPs there have. This salary will not be included in the NHS figures we’re comparing with. There are other things too which make the figures incomparable. In our top ten numbers, additional bank work is counted - this is when a colleague goes on leave and instead of paying for an external agency locum the work is kept in-house for additional pay. Agency locums do cost a fortune, certainly in shortage specialties, but I don’t think Max’s 500K example is right. It does cost a lot to employ a consultant. I don’t know how much is right, but if we’re made public enemy number 1 and get accused of fleecing the NHS then I can guarantee recruitment, hard enough as it is, will get worse, and this will only increase the wage bill as more agency staff are used to plug gaps. As others have pointed out, market forces apply, and where people might like to think of the medical profession as Dr Kildare types doing it for the love of humanity, the reality is that the pressures and risks associated with the job are increasing and unless we’re paid well people won’t do it.
  26. 12 points
    The joke amongst all this is the airport was furnished with millions upon millions of pounds to cope with the projected 2 million PAX plus per year by now ! It can't even deal with two easy jet flights in proximity ! I despair at the lack of accountability anywhere in the CS or government it really is a joke !
  27. 12 points
    Easy to increase visitor numbers - take control of the boats and discount ferry crossings massively. I suspect the SPC is the main reason for the decline as they have shareholders to answer to who are only interested in sweating their assets, and such a vital part of our economy and infrastructure should be owned by the people.
  28. 12 points
    Problem drinkers will still pay it. It'll just come out of the family allowance and little Jimmy will have short trousers and shoes a size too small. Taxing alleviates thinking for government.
  29. 12 points
    You get the impression that Humbles got her support by wandering around Prospect Hill (where presumably she works some of the time), pestering MHKs to back her like a small child getting sponsors for a charity event. Whether the later ones knew she already had enough to stand would be an interesting piece of knowledge and they might be annoyed they had 'used up' one of their 'supports' on someone who didn't need it. If MHKs stick to the spirit of the law (rather than the mess of words they have produced) and only support five, Allinson, Baker and Harmer already seem to have used theirs up and Ashford, Caine, Hooper, Perkins, Shimmins and Thomas all have done four. I reckon there enough spare supports going for another ten. One of the defining characteristics of MLC elections is that they are perpetually changing the rules to stop it looking silly and/or crooked. And each time they do they manage to produce an outcome that looks even more ridiculous and bent than the previous one. So I have high hopes of what, with this multiplicity of candidates, is already promising to be what is technically known as a 'clusterfuck'.
  30. 12 points
    Thank you for your kind comments. Maybe it's just me but I'm starting to tire (to the point of nausea) of the whole damn lot of them and it. From 5 years of being lied to (yes, lied to) by Bell and Teare to the current bunch of clueless chancers and their entourage. UK Govt gave us a measure of slack in how we conduct our affairs. Look what they (yes, they as in Tynwalds past and present) have done with it - now billions in debt and liabilities and a population in hock to monopolies for the basics. And we then let them retire on huge pensions and golden handshakes as if they'd served us and our interests well. The mention of failures is taboo and they're ignored and forgotten whilst they march on to the next fiasco. Time for some accountability and reality, I'd say. And it doesn't involve £7k junkets to the Seychelles. Anywhere else and there'd be people on the streets with placards.
  31. 12 points
    In a way it is a totally bizarre suggestion that cyclists - or road users should be banned from using a road because of the antics of other users. But it's equally bizarre that a major road is one way for a fortnight because of poor riding by motorcyclists. Or that we don't have an all-Island speed limit because it might discourage bikers from coming here. But this is the Isle of Man where bikes are king, so I suppose it makes a warped kind of sense.
  32. 11 points
    Can't they just be gay without banging on about it?
  33. 11 points
    FFS no wonder there was a question in Keys. Who got the contract? Dandara?
  34. 11 points
    I’ve read elsewhere this airframe was only 2 years old. I wonder if they’ve mixed it up with his previous machine? Wherever it was owned is irrelevant. It flew under a G prefix, likely under and AOC, by a highly respected and qualified pilot. It’s an utter, utter tragedy. I think we should lock this thread, simply out of respect.
  35. 11 points
    Today I attended the hozzy for my bi-annual check for my P/C, I was diagnosed with this in 2010 so I've been getting a little pissed of with the "active surveillance" protocol,but I'm now into my eighth year so what the hell, i was met once again by the consultant Mr Upsdell who said "what are you on? your PSA has come down from 12.8 to 6.5 and has not been this low since diagnosis", I replied I am using my "own" homeopathic meds doc, what's your opinion? "Keep doing whatever it is your doing", and then informed me my bi annual check would now be annual,so a good day for a nice change.
  36. 11 points
    So as we enter 2018, I've realised that this year I'll have spent half my life (24 years) as a qualified doc. Thought it might be appropriate to share a few things I've learned over the years. Firstly, it's becoming increasingly clear that exercise, including weight training (so not just 'going for a walk') leads to far better health in one's later years. A couple of examples I came across in the past few weeks are relevant. Firstly, I entered the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the start of December. One of the competitors was 91 years of age, and he rowed 2000m in 10:46. It's sad to say that there are many 30somethings that couldn't do that. Secondly, the other day I came across a chap who was running 10km in 55 minutes at the age of 80+. Both of these men had been exercising all their life. They were fit, they looked fit, and they were still able to do all of their daily activities. Contrast that with patients I routinely see in their 60s who have led a sedentary lifestyle, and because of lack of fitness and conditioning fall over all the time, have aching joints, and need multiple pills to keep their blood pressure under control etc. Everyone knows about osteoporosis - as we age we lose bone density, particularly if you're a woman. What is less well known is sarcopaenia - the loss of muscle mass, which occurs at about 1% a year from the age 50. If you have poor muscles your joints ache and you have poor balance reactions, with obvious consequences. The only way to prevent this is to lift weights. So my top tip for everyone is to exercise. Do it regularly and start young, but whatever age you are it will be beneficial. We're all getting heavier. Cheap calorie rich nutrition poor food is easily available. Having looked through many sets of medical notes over the years, most people seem to put on 1-2kg per year. This is nothing really, until you consider that over the course of one's working life you might go up from 70kg to 110kg without really noticing it. It doesn't have to be this way. No-one should be obsessed about their weight - fitness matters more than weight in itself - and in fact the biggest predictor of being overweight in 5 years time is being on a diet now! Just watch it, and if your belt gets tight, or you creep up a couple of kgs in a month or two then back off on the booze/sweets/pies for a few weeks until you're where you were. People have too much faith in modern medicine. Yes it's great, and there are drugs and operations for everything. And we're all living longer. But we're not living healthier for longer. And being on multiple meds, or having surgery, is not as free from complication as we'd like it to be. Drugs have side effects, operations have risks and a proportion have a poor outcome (there's no such thing as an operation that can't make the situation worse!) They're all best avoided. And in many situations, Mother Nature is hard to beat! So, if you're going to make NY resolutions, choose ones that will stick. Exercise more, lift weights, don't get gradually fatter over the years. And don't smoke, and don't drink to excess. If we all did that, then the medical profession would have far less to do, and perhaps as a society we could afford a health service to look after us when we really need it. Happy New Year everyone - I'm just off out to the gym
  37. 11 points
  38. 11 points
    I’d prefer to see the moderating team deal firstly with the inordinate amount of vitriol & spite vented by the usual gang of Ted’s before an embargo on new memberships. Thread after thread derailed by very personal abuse & nonsense. You have to dig really deep to get to the good stuff being written by some very knowledgeable posters which is a shame. Sadly trolling & idiots are not exclusive to MF, every corner of the internet has its share.
  39. 11 points
    It would appear that there is a far greater contingent of significant business/professional people elected to the States of Jersey than the failed painters and decorators/village chemists/washing machine spanner monkeys/office cleaners/school bursars/subsidy claiming corpulent farmers that we are blessed with. In other words people who can professionally manage finances and who don't need help to tie their shoelaces.
  40. 11 points
    I ride motorcycles, push bikes and cars, when in the car all cyclists are twats, when on the motorbike car drivers are twats and when on the push bike everyone is a twat. I think it is a problem beyond solving!
  41. 11 points
    @The Lurker I understand that you regard the Living Hope Church as no more harmful than any other religious organisation, and that you believe it to be unfair that the LHC are being singled out for criticism ahead of all the others. Dealing with that point firstly; I do make a differentiation between a religious organisation that in action are comparatively benign in the pursuit of its objectives and those that are evidentially and provably not benign. Fundamentalist religious organisations such as those with a bible literalist and young earth creationist world-view are usually firmly within the collective of religious organisations termed ‘dominionist,’ sharing Christian dominion theory and its objectives. This is a collective of Christian political ideologies with a determination to have government by Christians based entirely upon their personal understanding of biblical law. Is the Living Hope Church any better or worse than others with a bible literalist, creationist and fundamentalist composition and objectives? That depends in my opinion on what they actually do to proselytise those fundamentalist creationist beliefs. We are in agreement that we hold to the idea that such organisations should not have any influence in what is being taught in schools and they should have no influence in government policy. We depart in agreement on the substantive of your statement because of the difficulty if not nigh on impossibility of implementation of that in the practical application of it. “I would go further and state that any person or group that has a vested ideological interest should not be allowed a position of influence within Government; that is not to say that politicians should not listen but should be free to exercise their duties to best represent the people who elected them; that is their sole function” As examples of in support of my position. Peter Charles Murcott is a well-known Christian fundamentalist with political ambitions on the IOM. He has stood for election to the House of Keys; he has been vocal and very active in the promotion of his political bible based objectives over the years. What he tells you he is, he is, and what you get if you vote for him is to my mind an accurate and truthful representation of what he is about. Kevin Woodford is another bible literalist who at one time wanted to become a politician who has made no secret of his religious beliefs and convictions. If would-be and elected politicians are honest about those beliefs at the outset and make no attempt to conceal them in their dealings with the electorate, then sooner or later a political matter is likely make it obvious who it is they are representing when they vote on it. With those considerations you are free to either vote for them or not as you choose. However, once it is known that someone is a member of a fundamentalist religious organisation, I suggest that it is unrealistic to expect such a person to be capable of independent, rational, and secular thought in any secular based political policymaking. Zac Hall and his parroting of plagiarised Catholic Church dogma is an obvious example, but there are others. Eddie Teare’s incapacity to act in the House of Keys when faced with the prospect of having to vote on the The Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendment Act because he was, he said reluctant or loath to conflict his Methodist faith and needed to take advice from 'some people' when he could find the time, but he was having no such crisis of conscience when announcing proudly that the IOM now has a substantial part of its GDP thanks to online gambling companies operating from the Isle of Man. Gambling OK, there being no conflict in his mind with his Methodist religion. GAY’s getting married not OK, there being an unresolvable conflict with his religious beliefs. Was he being a rank hypocrite, or was he just being a politician? You decide. Who is it that the fundamentalist religiously indoctrinated actually represent? Is it the diverse electorate with a secular objective to be treated equally by its Government, or is it the specifics of their religious beliefs that is the very antithesis of equality for all under secular laws? I have mentioned that fundamentalist Christian organisations form political and religious alliances within each other’s groups. Most people have no real idea what that means in reality. When Andrea Minichiello Williams writes up and presents policy proposals or actual amendments to UK law to ‘Christian’ MP’s or Members of the House of Lords, the majority of people don’t know that she is actually representing ‘Christian Concern’ which is part of a much wider network of likewise fundamentalist, with a creationist based political objective. Most people have no idea that she exists in the first place. If you look up Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG it is the registered address for the ‘Christian Institute’ Coalition for Marriage Limited, Meaningful Marriage Limited, More to Marriage Limited, Pursue Faith Limited, Pursuing Faith Limited, Scotland for Marriage Limited, Equal and Free Limited, Chantry House Associates Limited, among others of like constitution. The people in those companies such as Colin John Hart understand how the Charities Commission works, how to finance their objectives by affiliation with other Christian fundamentalist organisations in the USA, and how to work to gain access to educational establishments and political influence. These organisations have access to millions of pounds to fund their activities and objectives because they have a profound understanding and experience of Charity Law and media manipulation. As you say you are an atheist who is also a parent, you make decisions regarding your children’s welfare as is your right and obligation. Knowing what I know about these organisations and their objectives, I would not let them within a broad Manx mile of any child of mine if I had one. I don’t single out the Living Hope Church for special attention they are acting in the schools now that makes them noteworthy, their access to the schools and the students in them is being facilitated by the Education Minister and the Department of Education and Head Teachers. The financing of the Living Hope Church and how it is spending that money is just par for the course, they are all of them cut from the same kind of cloth, and all of them wear the same style of uniform more or less. Personally, I think these kinds of fundamentalist religious organisations are often very good at presenting a benign appearance, but they depend upon the indifference of politicians’ and the general public to take the time and make the effort to find out what they are really about, and because of that lack of understanding or in practice not having much of an interest in understanding what they are really all about, that is the biggest advantage they have in the furtherance of their political and religious objectives. I object to the fundamental creationist religious and politically driven agenda and objectives of the Living Hope Church and I object to that organisation's involvement in the provision of education in any school. A possible and useful question yet to be answered is. How many of the fundamentalist Christian organisations in and outside of the IOM have Manx politicians as ether members of them, or supporters, and or active facilitators of their political objectives? I would really like to know the answer to that question, would you?
  42. 11 points
    Why is free transport being provided for all but the walking wounded? Quite a few of those being transported for free, I would hazard, are perfectly fit and able to make their own way. Those who are infirm, post-operative etc should have the benefit of the free service, not everyone and their escorts. Another example of pandering when times were good, now times are tougher it is hard to turn off the tap.
  43. 10 points
    I propose a Fisheries Care Scheme where fishermen aren't actually rewarded for catching stuff, but paid to keep the sea tidy.
  44. 10 points
    Actually it's thanks to corrupt and power hungry MP's and Eurocrats and an entire fifth column of traitors who still can't get over losing the vote and will cause as much trouble as possible, whatever the consequences for the country. People voting in the referendum just wanted Brexit and there was no talk of withdrawal agreements, penalties, backstops or political deals. The people spoke and the politicians have obfuscated and largely ignored them.
  45. 10 points
    That Jay Hall fella is a complete cock- certainly no stranger to the courtroom. Druggy and wannabe hard man, on his steroids. Threatening to burn a woman’s house down with her kid inside? Complete prick. People who think he’s funny, or are helping him deserve to be locked up themselves.
  46. 10 points
    Yes, yes, yes. Several years ago we were involved in a partnership with some retail investments, one of which was a shop on the main street. Rents like that for a smallish shop unit are common. They are highest in the centre generally, and get a bit lower as you move down to the Castle Street end. You need to make a grand a week plus VAT just to pay the rent, before even thinking of staff, NI, rates, fuel, power, etc. If you have all of that sussed out then you've broken even and can start thinking about making a profit. Given the underwhelming footfall, there isn't much you can put into a shop along there that is going to make you worthwhile money. It might look like a decent crowd on the street on a Saturday afternoon, but take a look on a cold, wet weekday morning anytime outside the summer. I did a few surveys of my own at the time, and there were days when there was virtually nobody about between 9.30 and 11am. In my opinion, to make it pay even modestly, you need to own the property or be a big name with a good margin product (like the Card Factory franchise for example). For an independent, even with a respectable turnover, it's an uphill struggle. Suffice to say we got out as soon as possible and never touched retail again.
  47. 10 points
    I bet Martin Moore would have thought the violence justified if the kid had tried to pay for a taxi with a Debit Card.
  48. 10 points
    Plans look good though....
  49. 10 points
  50. 10 points
    It's the 21st century. No education should be determined, or influenced, by religious denomination. Apart from comparative academic studies religion should be kept out of schools. Thats what church, chapel, synagogue, mosque, temple and Friday, Saturday and Sunday schools are for.
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